Rowllin Borges is an Indian footballer, born on 5th June 1992 in Nuvem, Goa. Borges is primarily deployed as a defensive midfielder in the playing eleven. Borges currently plays for the Indian Super League club Northeast United FC.
Rowllin joined the Fransa youth team at the age of 14. He moved to Velsao Pale after spending a year with Fransa. After spending a couple of seasons there, he joined Sporting Clube de Goa in 2009.
Rowllin was soon loaned to Margao SC after he could not break though into the the Flaming Oranje team. Under Joaquim Crasto coaching, Rowllin helped Margao SC win the second division of the Goan league.
Rowllin caught the attention of India national team coach Stephen Constantine following some fine performances for his I League club, Sporting Clube de Goa.
As a result, Constantine handed Rowllin his debut against Nepal in an international friendly on 31st August 2015 when he replaced Eugeneson Lyngdoh from the bench.
Rowllin continued to impress his national team coach and helped his side win the SAFF Cup in the same year in front of the home crowd. Rowllin scored in the side’s 4-1 victory over Nepal.
Rise to Glory
After returning from Margao SC, Borges became the spine of the Sporting midfield for the next few years.
He made his I-League debut in late 2011 and had cemented his spot in the lineup within the next year.
In the next four editions of the I-League, Rowllin made 58 appearances and has always been a busy figure in the outfield.
Rowllin appeared for the Northeast United in the 2016 Indian Super League and was an important figure in the team.
He appeared 13 games for the Highlanders and made a total of 654 passes. This includes 50.31 average passes per game and he had a pass accuracy of 81.34% which highlights his importance in midfield.
He was later loaned to East Bengal so as to play in the 2016-17 I-League and he helped the Kolkata giants to a top three finish in the league.
Rowllin continues to play for the Northeast United in the current season of the Indian Super League and has a played a part in 12 out of the 14 games for the team from the North-Eastern part of the country.
He has also played more than 300 minutes for India in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Not getting picked by any of the Indian Super League franchises in the 2015 Indian Super League was one of the lowest points of Rowllin Borges’ young career so far. It was something which surprised national team coach Stephen Constantine as well.
Rowllin Borges made his I-League debut for the Sporting Clube de Goa. After spending eight years with Sporting since his youth days, he signed for the Northeast United in 2016. He was later loaned to East Bengal during the latter part of the season. He continues to play for the Highlanders in the current season.
Borges was named as the Emerging Player of the Year by the AIFF 2016.